Waterloo StreetKidderminsterWorcestershire, DY10 2BGTel: 01562 546740
Antenatal care is provided by the local Midwives at a number of venues. Our receptionists will provide you with more information upon request
The local Health Visitors run regular "Well Baby" clinics at various locations in the area. They will provide you with further information or you can contact them on 01562 820091
Appointments for Childhood Immunisations clinic can be made Monday to Friday with our Practice Nurse.
Tracey Fox and Beverley Rose run our respiratory clinics in conjunction with Dr Jackson, by appointment.
Dr Blanchard and Dr Osborne run our Diabetic and Glucose Intolerance clinics. You will be advised when your check up is due and asked to have your blood tests prior to your appointment.
This clinic monitors patients with Raised Blood Pressure, Coronary Heart Disease and history of Stroke or TIA. Patients will be asked to have blood tests taken prior to this annual check-up and these will be reviewed by the Nurse during the appointment.
Our Practice Nurses are able to undertake cervical smears, provide Family Planning advice and carry out HRT checks.
The Primary Care Trust screening department will write to you to advise when your cervical screening test is due. Routine screening is carried out every 3 years from age 25 to 50 and every 5 years from 50 to 65. You may be screened more frequently in certain circumstances.
We are able to carry out certain minor surgical procedures at the surgery, including cryotherapy. You will be referred to this clinic by one of the Doctors or Nurses if it is appropriate to do so.
Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse well in advance of your holiday to ensure adequate cover. There may be a charge for certain immunisations, which are not covered by the NHS. Details of current charges are available from the Receptionist or Practice Nurse.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for all patients with Heart lung or kidney disease, Diabetes, Asthma and other respiratory problems and those with a weak immune system. In addition people in long-stay residential accommodation and all patients over the age of 65 are eligible for the Influenza vaccination. Pneumoccocal vaccination will also be offered in accordance with current Department of Health Guidelines.
Please do not consult your doctor with dental problems. Like doctors, dentists provide out of hours cover and if you have a dental problem you should contact your normal dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist you may use the emergency dental service – please telephone 01562 864949 for details of this service
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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